Published on: 1 October 2020, 01: 12h.
Last update: 1 October 2020, 01: 12h.
A 36-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted a college student at gunpoint last year in a garage at Illinois’ Grand Victoria Casino could spend between 42 and 75 years in prison. Wednesday pleaded guilty to the charges.
Justin Dalcollo of Nicholasville, Kentucky, filed suit in DuPage County Court for a single count each of aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The March 22, 2019 incident began when Dalcollo approached the 21-year-old student in a parking lot at Bloomingdale Court Mall in Bloomingdale, Illinois, as she got into her car.
He allegedly showed a gun and made his way into his car, police said. He then demanded that she go to a bank in Glendale Heights, where she would insist that she withdraw $ 300.
They continued driving in his car until they reached the parking lot of Elgin’s Grand Victoria Casino.
The car stopped and was parked between two cars, the Daily Herald, an Illinois regional newspaper reported. Dalcollo allegedly then allegedly sexually assaulted the woman while she was in the garage.
He later took the victim to a convenience store where he asked her to come in with him while shopping for chewing tobacco, police said.
He then allegedly asked her to accompany him to the Elgin train station. A call was made for a taxi to pick him up at the station.
After leaving her car, the woman went to the hospital. The sexual assault was reported to the police. Dalcollo was arrested the next day in Chicago.
Kane County attorney Joseph McMahon called Dalcollo “a dangerous and irregular man who poses a significant threat to the community.” MySuburbanLife.com, a regional news site, reported.
Dalcollo will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on October 29.
The bail was denied on his petition for judgment. Dalcollo has been detained in DuPage County Jail since his arrest, MySuburbanLife.com She said.
The victim was reportedly home during spring break when the assault took place.
Large car parks pose a risk to women
When asked for comment on the crime, University of Illinois at Chicago Criminology Professor Edna Erez said Casino.org, “Large parking lots, in casinos or other residential or public buildings, pose a serious danger to women and include places where rape by strangers is likely to occur, particularly when security and lighting they are minimal or nonexistent. “
Expert in victims of crime and crimes committed against women, Erez warns that women “are always advised to be aware of the risk and to take precautions…. We also know that most victims of sexual assault are victims of people rather than women … I know, not strangers. “
Furthermore, the “horrors” experienced by the university student “will remain with her for the rest of her life. Being at the mercy of this violent man for such an extended period of time and under threat that he will use his gun if she refuses his orders makes her a hero to survive, “added Erez.
It also warns that victims are always advised to comply with the demands of perpetrators in order to avoid or minimize harm.
Violent crimes seen in US casino garages
Last month, Casino.org reported that several US garage and casino parking lots have been the scene of the shooting in recent months. In one incident, a shooting occurred in the garage of the Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, California.
The victim was injured. A suspect was later arrested for attempted murder.
Additionally, an occupant of a passing car last month fired on a crowd gathered in a parking lot near the Stage Door Casino in Las Vegas. The trio of injured victims sought treatment at a local hospital. Three men were later arrested for the shooting.
A self-styled dive bar, the Stage Door offers video poker and slot machines. It was once a hangout for Frank Sinatra.